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Conviction on Lesser Counts in Florida Case of Black Teen Killed by White Man

Michael Dunn returns to courtroom during jury deliberations, Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 13, 2014.Michael Dunn returns to courtroom during jury deliberations, Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 13, 2014.
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Michael Dunn returns to courtroom during jury deliberations, Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 13, 2014.
Michael Dunn returns to courtroom during jury deliberations, Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 13, 2014.
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In a U.S. court case with racial overtones, a Florida jury has deadlocked on whether a white man is guilty of murder in the shooting death of a black teenager during an argument over loud music.

But the jury did convict 47 year-old Michael Dunn on three counts of attempted murder for shooting into a car of African American teens outside a food store in 2012. Three of the teens were not hurt. Seventeen year-old Jordan Davis was killed.

The judge declared a mistrial on the most serious charge of whether Dunn meant to kill Davis.

It is unclear if Dunn, a computer software developer, will be retried on the murder charge.

Dunn and the teenagers argued over whether the youths were playing a radio too loud in the parking lot of a Jacksonville, Florida store in 2012.

Prosecutors said Dunn was angry because he believed the teens were showing him disrespect by playing what he called "thug music."

Dunn testified that he opened fire at the car in self-defense because he saw a gun. Police say the teens had no weapon.

Dunn faces at least 60 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year.

The case comes just seven months after another high-profile Florida case in which white suspect George Zimmerman was found not guilty of gunning down 17 year-old African-American Treyvon Martin during an argument in a residential neighborhood.

The two cases raise questions about race relations in the United States and Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law.

The law gives people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves instead of making an attempt to run away from a dangerous situation, such as a heated argument.

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by: Veron, from: Canada
February 16, 2014 4:34 PM
Wow, these laws are unthinkable. Why all; and only black young mails are the victim of this law.? SOMETHING IS COMPLETELY WRONG HERE. LAW MAKERS...IT'S TIME TO STEP UP AND MAKE NECESSARY CHANGES TO THE LAW.

by: Josie from: Born in the USA
February 16, 2014 3:54 PM
Okay why does no one address the issue of common sense. I don't care if you're listening to the thug?? music or the Opera have the respect for people around you to turn it down I don't care what you're listening to. I am a white woman and I even know to turn Eminem down so the five year old who's in the car next to me doesn't learn the F word from me get a grip people and grow a brain this is about respect have respect for yourself before you ever think someone's going to respect you.
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by: nicki from: new york
February 19, 2014 4:22 PM
You sound SO ignorant.Annoying people with your music isn't publishable by death.What is the matter with you that you would defend such an act?Are your parents related? Get a grip!
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by: Michelle from: Washington
February 17, 2014 12:00 PM
Josie what about the adult who was in a parking lot of a convenience store. He wasn't going to be there for long. His wife had run in for something. What about him being the big guy, the adult, and ignoring the music knowing either himself or the SUV would be leaving soon? He started the fight by yelling at a group of kids. He assumed, because it was a car full of black kids listening to "thug" music that they were armed. He started it and he ended it. Saying the kids should of turned down the music is a disrespect to the young man who died.
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by: MORGAN from: HARRISBURG PA
February 16, 2014 11:32 PM
Well one day it could be your son or grandson and then you will feel the pains.

by: Tammy from: Chicago
February 16, 2014 3:40 PM
This is ridiculous. Come on America, a white man is felt threatened so he shoots into a car, his own words, and he is found guilty on lesser charges. All over some loud music that he said was "thug music". That just goes to show how racists he is. Give him life no possible parole. Justice was not given for either Davis or Martin. We need to speak for those whose voices have been taken from them. Let's get this stand your ground law thrown out. Are you with me?
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by: Edwin from: Gilbert, AZ
February 18, 2014 5:41 PM
I'm with you man. I'm white, but I think this perp should be thrown in jail with the key thrown away!
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by: Matthew George from: Providence, Rhode Island
February 16, 2014 9:07 PM
I with you Mr Tammy. That freaking law has to change.

by: ALEXANDER from: PHOENIX
February 16, 2014 3:35 PM
Very unfortunate for the grieving family of this young man killed by a gun toting physcopath. He will be sentenced to prison most definitely, and then the real reality of his sentence most likley will come to fruitation

by: Zoey from: USA
February 16, 2014 3:32 PM
It is very typical for someone in Michael Dunn's position to minimize his crime by saying that he did not "intend" to commit murder. But due to the seriousness of the crime and the lethality of a firearm, and the clear sense of entitlement that this man showed that it is clear that he acted with intent and a sociopathic sense of entitlement. Also clear racism was involved. If these teens had been white, I do not think that Dunn would have dared fired these shots. So this is even more insidious. If Dunn does not get sentenced to the full extent of the law then this will have established 2 things, we have a system in which people know that they can harass, bully and assault people of color, and if you are part of the privileged white race, then it is tolerated by our justice system. If this man gets no less than life in prison without the possibility for parole then it will be an affront to equality and freedom, the very values that America is supposed to stand for.

by: matt from: va beach va
February 16, 2014 3:26 PM
I dnt think the outcome of wat happened here wud have been any different if it was 3white kids in the car. It jus happened to be 3black kids&now it HAS to b racially motivated. BS. The guy is still an idiot&def deserves2go2jail.

by: Raymond j ware from: Houston
February 16, 2014 3:14 PM
It's getting to the point where the law of standing your ground is become ridiculous

by: willie h overstreet from: auburn new york
February 16, 2014 3:12 PM
Open season on black dude damn shame dude admitted that he shot mr davis but a mistrail wow still no justice.

by: Michael McDonald from: TX
February 16, 2014 3:07 PM
Florida has changed from old people land to racially-motivated shootings land.

by: Matthew George from: Providence, Rhode Island
February 16, 2014 2:24 PM
Let justice be served to all men. Here's is white dude gunned down unarm African-American teen. Jury's refuses, to convict the perpetrator. Sentence that monster to life in prison without parole.
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